- Duration: 19 nights/20 days
- Destinations: Delhi - Khajuraho - Orchha - Agra - Fatehpur Sikri - Jaipur - Jodhpur - Ranakpur - Kumbhalgarh - Udaipur - Ajanta - Ellora - Mumbai - Madurai - Chettinad - Trichy - Tanjore - Mahabalipuram - Kanchipuram - Chennai
Day 1: Delhi. Arrive at Delhi where our representatives will meet and escort you to the hotel. In the afternoon, you will visit the National Museum. See for yourself the finest collection of Indian antiquities and artifacts. A welcome dinner in your honor will be hosted where you will also be familiarized with the tour for India.
Day 2: Delhi. After breakfast, visit the Old as well as the New Delhi. Each one is distinct with its own individuality and specific appeal. Overnight stay at the hotel.
Day 3: Khajuraho. After breakfast, board the train to Jhansi. From Jhansi proceed to Khajuraho visiting the medieval town of Orchha. It is the perfect example of fusion of Mughal and Rajput architecture in the Bundelkhand buildings. Afternoon is scheduled for the world famous Nagara style of temple with erotic art at Khajuraho. Overnight stay at the hotel in Khajuraho.
Day 4: Agra. After an early breakfast, transfer to Jhansi railway station to board the train to Agra. On arrival at Agra in the evening, check in for the overnight stay.
Day 5: Agra. After breakfast, an excursion to Sikandra to see Akbar's Tomb and then the Tomb of Itimad-ud-Daulah. You will visit Agra Fort in the afternoon and the Taj Mahal at sunset. Overnight stay at the hotel in Agra.
Day 6: Jaipur. After breakfast, drive to Jaipur via Fatehpur Sikri. An imperial Mughal city built by Mughal Emperor, Akbar but was soon abandoned after its completion. On arrival at Jaipur in the noon, check in at the hotel. Rest of the day is free at leisure. Overnight stay at the hotel in Jaipur.
Day 7: Jaipur. After breakfast, visit the Amber Fort on the lavishly decorated elephants. Visit the Palace of Mirrors, Hall of Public Audience and the beautifully manicured gardens within the fort. Spend the afternoon exploring the Jantar Mantar (Astrological Observatory), the Hawa Mahal (the Palace of Winds), the City Palace and the museum.
Day 8: Jodhpur. After breakfast, drive to Jodhpur. It was founded in 1459 AD by Rao Jodha - chief of the Rathore clan of Rajputs as the capital of Marwar. Visit the massive 15th century AD Mehrangarh Fort, which rises to a height of 125 m. A 10 km high wall with 8 gates and innumerous citadels surrounds the city. Overnight stay at the hotel in Jodhpur.
Day 9: Jodhpur. After breakfast, explore rich treasures of the Mehrangarh Fort-Museum. It s one of the largest forts in India nonparallel in beauty and splendor. Visit to the old town and its market to get a feel of the desert town. Evening is for a short safari to the Bishnoi tribal villages that have firm belief in the sanctity of plant and animal life. Overnight stay at the hotel in Jodhpur.
Day 10: Udaipur. After breakfast, drive to Udaipur. Ranakpur and Kumbhalgarh are en-route. Ranakpur is the largest and most beautifully preserved Jain Temples in India and Kumbhalgarh is known for the Kumbhalgarh Fort. On arrival in Udaipur late in the afternoon, check in at the hotel. The rest of the day is free at leisure. Overnight stay at the hotel in Udaipur.
Day 11: Udaipur. After breakfast, visit the City Palace. It is the largest palace in Rajasthan. Also visit the Jagdish Temple and Sahelion-Ki-Bari or the "Gardens of the Maids of Honor". Lunch will be at the beautiful Gallery Restaurant at Fateh Prakash Palace. Afterwards, a relaxing boat ride on Lake Pichola. Overnight stay at the hotel in Udaipur.
Day 12: Aurangabad. After breakfast, transfer to the airport for your flight to Mumbai from where you will board a connecting flight for Aurangabad. On arrival at Aurangabad late in the evening, check into the hotel for overnight stay.
Day 13: Aurangabad. After breakfast, an excursion to explore the Ajanta Caves. Located 99-km away from Aurangabad, Ajanta Caves were carved out from the 2nd century BC to 6th century AD. The exquisite paintings and sculptures of Ajanta are the masterpieces of Buddhist religious art. Overnight stay at the hotel in Aurangabad.
Day 14: Aurangabad/Mumbai. After breakfast, you will be accompanied to explore Ellora Caves. Carved between 4th and 5th century, the Ellora Caves represent the harmony among the three major faiths of India, namely, Hinduism, Buddhism and Jainism. Late evening transfer to the airport to catch a flight for Mumbai. Overnight stay at the hotel in Mumbai.
Day 15: Madurai. Transfer to airport to catch a morning flight for Madurai. On arrival before noon, check into hotel. Visit the Sri Meenakshi Temple set in the heart of the old town. It is a beautiful example of Dravidian temple architecture with symmetrical ornamentation. Overnight stay at the hotel in Madurai.
Day 16: Chettinad. After breakfast, drive to Chettinad, a place known for its palatial artistic houses. The entire afternoon is for exploration of the palace and other unique architecture around it. Overnight stay at the hotel in Madurai.
Day 17: Tanjore/Trichy. After breakfast, drive to Tanjore, the City of Temples. There are around 74 temples in Tanjore, the most famous of which is the Brihadeshwara temple. After visiting the Thanjavur Palace, continue your drive to Trichy. Trichy is also a small town with remarkable specimen of art and architecture. Visit the Rock Fort Temple in the evening.
Day 18: Chennai. After breakfast, board the train for Chennai. Soon after arrival at Chennai, a short tour of the city is conducted. Overnight stay at the beach hotel outside Chennai city.
Day 19: Chennai. After breakfast, visit Kanchipuram and Mahabalipuram, the two of the finest examples of ancient South Indian architecture. Overnight stay at the hotel in Chennai.
Day 20: Chennai. The day will be spent in leisure. In the evening, you will be given a farewell dinner before being escorted to the domestic terminal for flight to Delhi for return home or onward journey.
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